N. Carroll's Dell dynasty continues Doug follows dad, 2 brothers on mats

December 20, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

The Dell wrestling tradition continues at North Carroll.

Doug Dell, whose two older brothers and father found success on the mat for North Carroll, recently started his varsity career for the Panthers.

Dell, a junior, won state titles the past four years in junior league wrestling and hopes for more of the same at the varsity level.

Despite just starting his first year with North Carroll, Dell is building a reputation. Ranked third in the state at 103 pounds by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, Dell won his first five matches.

Still, the shadow of his family -- mainly his brother Tom -- lingers. Tom Dell won the Class 2A-1A state title last year after two appearances in the state final. And, their older brother Gary, 24, and father, Greg, both piled up victories for North Carroll.

Doug expresses pride in Tom's accomplishments last year but wants people to remember the younger Dell.

"They kind of talked him up a lot," said Doug. "I try not to let it get to me."

North Carroll coach Dick Bauerlein said both Dells have lots of fire and desire on the mat. Bauerlein said, however, that Doug could find the success Tom did.

"He's a tough little competitor," said Bauerlein. "I think he could win the states."

Despite his recent success in junior league, Dell said he felt nervous in the Panthers' first home match. North Carroll opened its season at home against Bel Air, and Dell said he feared how the crowd would react to him.

Dell really did not stay on the mat long enough to find out. He scored a pin in 49 seconds.

"As soon as you step on the mat, your nerves are gone," said


Dell may begin to make his opponents nervous. He said the transition from junior league to varsity was not too difficult, and the North Carroll tradition probably helped.

"You always have the advantage," said Dell. "When they see the singlet that says North Carroll, I think that scares them a little."

Dell could not break into the North Carroll lineup the past two years, as Jeremy Myers occupied the 103-pound slot. Myers won the state title last year but moved up to 112 this year, creating an opening.

Dell said he would have enjoyed wrestling for the Panthers last year with his brother and cousin, Scott Dell, but it didn't happen.

He credits the wrestling fervor in his family, however, with greatly helping him.

"That's probably the major part," said Dell. "We always like to wrestle on the carpet."

Dell has wrestled somewhere since age 4. He found success fairly early and kept getting better.

Last year, he rolled up a 55-1 record in junior league action. He defeated his only conqueror twice, including once in the state final.

This year, Dell started with a bang. In North Carroll's 48-9 rout of Frederick last week, he scored a tough 5-2 victory over Sam Henry.

After Frederick forfeited at 103, Bauerlein bumped up both Dell and Myers one weight class. Dell, giving up about eight pounds in the 112 class, used finesse to score the victory.

Dell often uses his finesse and speed to find success. He possesses quickness and moves easily.

"He's like a little spider," said Bauerlein. "He's all over you, he's tough."

Bauerlein said Dell will become even tougher once he gains more confidence and realizes how far he can go.

L Then, people might say that Tom Dell is Doug Dell's brother.

"That would be pretty neat," said Doug Dell with a laugh.

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